AE News Volume 10, Issue 2

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

08 FEBRUARY  - Financial Controllers & IR

22 FEBRUARY  - QA Standards

02 MARCH - GTO Managers Meeting & Apprenticeship Luncheon


Apprenticeship Luncheon – Registrations are now Open

Thursday 2 March 2017, 12:00PM -2:00PM

RACV Club Melbourne – 501 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

Guest Speakers

Hon. Gayle Tierney – Minister for Training and Skills

Keynote – Eliane Miles – Future Proofing Careers – McCrindle


To register for the luncheon, please click here.


National Youth Week: 31 March – 9 April

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.

It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State, Territory and Local Governments. It gives you an opportunity to express your ideas and views, and act on issues that affect your lives. It also lets you have a lot of fun.

Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people. In 2016 more than 23,000 young people from across Victoria participated in National Youth Week activities.

National Youth Week 2017 will be held from 31 March to 9 April 2017. 

Grants announced

In partnership with the Australian Government, the Victorian Government is again providing National Youth Week grants of up to $2000 to fund events that celebrate and recognise the contribution of young Victorians to their community.

On 20 January 2017 the Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos MP announced more than $208,000 in funding for 105 organisations to stage events across Victoria as part of National Youth Week 2016.

To see who is staging a National Youth Week 2017 event in your area, you can download the list of organisations receiving grants here


ASQA Update


Reminder to RTO CEOs: Complete your annual declaration on compliance any time during February and March

The Standards for RTOs 2015 require each RTO to provide ASQA with an annual declaration on their RTO’s compliance with the Standards.

If you’re an RTO CEO, ASQA will notify you by email at the beginning of February of your obligation to complete this declaration. Please check your details on to ensure that ASQA has access to your current email address.

When you submit this declaration, you are confirming to ASQA that you:

• systematically monitor your RTO’s compliance, and

• implement preventive and corrective actions where considered necessary.

How do I complete the annual declaration form?

You will receive an email to your registered CEO email address (as listed on containing a unique link to an online form. The form will be available from the beginning of February until the end of March. This allows each provider two months to undertake the self-assessment required to complete the declaration. You can save the online form and return to it any time before the end of March.

Will I receive a confirmation of submission?

Yes, you will receive an email confirming you have submitted the declaration. Please save this for your records.

Why do I need to complete the annual declaration and how does ASQA use the information provided?

The annual declaration provides you with a chance to undertake a self-assessment of your RTO’s compliance with the Standards and to ensure that the information that ASQA holds about your RTO is correct. Self-assessment is a valuable proactive tool that allows RTOs to ensure that they are meeting the required Standards and to determine whether they need to amend or update aspects of their operation.

ASQA uses the information received through annual declarations to identify systemic risks to the quality of VET delivery and to ensure it holds correct information about each RTO’s operations.

What happens if I don’t complete the annual declaration?

Providing this information is a requirement of clause 8.4 of the Standards. If you do not submit the requested declaration, ASQA will take further regulatory action.

For further information please click here.

Implementation of ASQA’s new audit model in 2017

During 2016, ASQA also developed and tested a new approach to audit with an increased focus on the student experience and the practices of RTOs.

The initial implementation phase and evaluation of the new model has now concluded and ASQA is now preparing to fully implement the new model during 2017.

During the initial implementation phase in 2016, ASQA audited 20 RTOs using the new audit model.

These audits involved four ASQA regulatory teams (in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia) and a range of audit types and RTO profiles.

What did the evaluation find?

The independent evaluation tested key features of the model design and regulatory tools, and identified priorities for 2017. The evaluation supported implementation of all of the key audit model features, including continuation of student surveys.

Both RTOs and auditors who participated in the evaluation gave widespread support for the new model. RTOs indicated that they valued the increased focus on the student and they were proud to share their students’ journeys. Auditors reported that the new model helped them to focus on the most important aspects of an RTO’s delivery.

What happens next?

The new audit model will be progressively rolled out across all VET and CRICOS audits in 2017. If you have an audit scheduled in 2017, ASQA will notify you about the audit approach to be used and inform you whether student data is required to conduct an online student survey.

All RTOs are required to complete an annual declaration on compliance which is due for submission to ASQA by 31 March 2017. This year’s annual declaration form will support a self-assessment of your RTOs compliance against the Standards, following the new audit model’s student-focused approach. All RTOs will receive an email to their registered CEO email address in early February with a link to the online form.

More information? Read more about ASQA’s new audit model


Pathways in Technology (P-TECH)

The Australian Government recently announced it will support a further 12 P-TECH schools across Australia as it continues to expand its innovation and science agenda. Skilling Australia Foundation (WPC Group) has been contracted by the Australian Government to establish the 12 new pilot sites in addition to the Geelong and Ballarat sites. To find out more about P-TECH go to the Skilling Australia Foundation website.  Congratulations to Nicholas Wyman and his team

For more information about P-TECH in Australia, please click here.

For more information about how the P-TECH model operates, please click here.


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Registration is free and only takes a moment to complete and you could be filling your vacancies right away.

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